Speaking with The Sun in a recent interview (via Independent), Niall Horan noted, "The fact we have an album coming should put these rumors to bed. We're here for as long as the fans want us."
Liam Payne added, "We want to release an album every year--year after year." Just how many years is that going to be? He left it kind of open-ended, after all.
Niall reassured that the guys are just as close as ever, despite taking a break before the current tour: "We're really close as a band. It was lovely to have time off, but now it's great to be back together and on the road."
As for all those rumors, Harry Styles explained, "We always hear rumors about us splitting--but we're not."